Loomis, Thomas, CAPT

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Last Primary NEC
131X-Unrestricted Line Officer - Pilot
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1974-1974, CNO - OPNAV/Pentagon Navy Command Center (NCC)
Service Years
1944 - 1974

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Contact Info
Home Town
Born in Perry, raised in Enid Okla.
Last Address
San Antonio Hill Country Retreat,
San Antonio, Texas

Date of Passing
Dec 19, 2014
Location of Interment
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery - San Antonio, Texas
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin US Navy Retired 30

 Unofficial Badges 

US Navy Honorable Discharge Order of the Shellback Gulf of Tonkin Yacht Club Order of the Golden Dragon

Cold War Veteran

 Military Association Memberships
Military Order of the Purple HeartAustin Chapter
  1953, Military Order of the Purple Heart - Assoc. Page
  2000, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Austin Chapter (Austin, Texas) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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Captain Thomas A. Loomis was a career military man who flew combat missions in the Korean War and briefly commanded the naval aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga during the Vietnam War.

Loomis was born in Perry, Okla. on August 26, 1925 and grew up in nearby Enid during the height of the Dust Bowl. At 16 years old he was too young to enlist when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor 1941. He joined an ROTC program the following summer and first experienced Navy life during a summer sea cruise on the U.S.S. West Virginia.

But flying had been a dream of his since his 14th birthday, when his father paid 50 cents for him to ride in a tri-motor plane over Enid at sunset. So he jumped at a chance to train to become a pilot in 1944.

Loomis was only about halfway through his training when World War II ended. After discharge he enrolled in the University of Michigan to study forestry. Upon graduating in 1947, he briefly took a job in Detroit for the Boy Scouts of America until he reentered the Navy as an officer flight student in 1948.

Thus began his true life’s work. In the Korean War, he flew bombing missions near the border of China and North Korea. He was wounded by shrapnel in a mission, and his efforts earned him an air medal and a purple heart.

After Korea, he served as a flight instructor in Pensacola, Fla. and later hunted Soviet submarines from aboard aircraft carriers in the western Atlantic. Those missions were occasionally eventful, too. One time, his plane lost power after it was struck by lightning. Another time, he had to wrestle controls away from a commanding officer who suffered vertigo while piloting.

During the Vietnam War, Loomis was assigned to the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga in the Gulf of Tonkin. He spent a year navigating the ship and then rose to executive officer. On his second deployment Loomis was named captain of the ship, and he served in that role for about two months.

After his service in Vietnam, Loomis earned a master’s degree in Systems Management and spent a brief time working at the Pentagon before retiring from active duty in 1974.

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  Thomas A. Loomis Endowed Presidential Scholarship
Dec 5, 1991

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Feb 25, 2015

The Thomas A. Loomis Endowed Presidential Scholarship was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on December 5, 1991, for the benefit of the McCombs School of Business. Gift funds were provided by Mrs. Ella Mae Moore of Austin, Texas. The endowment honors Captain Thomas A. Loomis of San Antonio, Texas.

Thomas A. Loomis (Retired Navy Captain) was hired by Dean George Kozmetsky in August 1974 to begin raising an endowment for the renowned professors already present in the McCombs School of Business as well as new ones he hoped would attract new faculty endowments. The primary resources for this proposed program were already in place including Dean Kozmetsky, a famed business leader, and an advisory council composed of leading businessmen and alumni.

Tom began by preparing a visual presentation and asking advisory council members to hold luncheon meetings featuring Dean Kozmetsky with the visual presentation. The luncheons were an immediate success as the Dean expressed the need for college endowments to keep distinguished professors and to attract new ones to the college. The word rapidly spread as the presentation luncheons were held in all the major cities in Texas and prospective donors were contacted by advisory council members. Principal leaders assisting the program were Sam Barshop, Fred Moore, Jere Thompson and Ralph Velasco.

Tom visited the various cities following the luncheons and, accompanied by various advisory Council members, visited those who had attended the luncheons to further explain the endowment program. Dean Kozmetsky also made follow up visits to prospective donors. Pledges were obtained for various endowments including chairs and professorships and the fundraising program was an early success.

Around 1980 the Board of Regents established a matching program wherein major gift endowments were to be matched dollar for dollar and the endowments could be named for the donor or a family member if desired. More than 10 million dollars were raised in 1978-79 and an additional 10 million by 1984.

In 1984, Fred Moore, a former president of Mobil Corporation, began raising funds in secret to establish a college lectureship in honor of Tom Loomis. He canvassed all of the advisory council members and raised more than fifty thousand dollars which when matched formed a 100 thousand dollar endowment to be named in honor of Tom. Other friends gave funds to establish the Thomas A. Loomis Endowed Presidential Scholarship in the Graduate School of Business with gifts of more than forty-five thousand dollars which were also matched to eventually form an endowment of $110,000. These endowments were announced to Tom in a brief ceremony in Mr. and Mrs. Moore's home in May 1987 before Tom retired from the University.

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